> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 2 July 2007
  • ISBN: 9781741662313
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $14.99

The Worry Tree




Just because something's not magic doesn't mean it can't be magical ...

Just because something's not magic doesn't mean it can't be magical ...

Juliet's a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around singing 'The Irritating Song' all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad's junk. There's Nana, who's so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And then there are her friends, Lindsay and Gemma, who start a competition to see which of them is Juliet's best friend. Juliet can't fit in any more worries!

But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers a very old painting of a tree with animals in its branches. Nana remembers it well. It's the Worry Tree, and with the help of a duck called Delia and the other Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life's big problems.

  • Pub date: 2 July 2007
  • ISBN: 9781741662313
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Marianne Musgrove

Marianne Musgrove wrote her first full-length novel at the age of eleven: a romantic thriller featuring her unfortunate classmates. Although the unpublished manuscript met with only localised acclaim, she never gave up her dream of becoming an author. A descendant of King Henry VIII's librarian, you could say books are in her blood! Marianne grew up in Sydney then moved to Adelaide to go to university. There, she studied English (which she loved), law (which she loathed) and social work (which she made her career for several years). Marianne's first children's novel, The Worry Tree, is the winner of the Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature 2008 and has been shortlisted for three other awards. Lucy the Good, Lucy the Lie Detector and Don't Breathe a Word are also available now.

Also by Marianne Musgrove

See all

Praise for The Worry Tree

“Local writer Marianne Musgrove's debut novel for readers 7-10, The Worry Tree, about a young worrywart learning to cope with the burdens of life, has bags of charm and family humour.”

Adelaide Review 'Best Reads from the Past Year'

“Musgrove's first novel addresses the kind of anxiety that many children secretly harbour. When worry wart Juliet uncovers the painted Worry Tree in her bedroom wall she finds she can hand her worries over to its kindly animals and enjoy a bit of well-earned peace.”

Adelaide Advertiser

“This is a delightful book that carefully unravels Juliet's issues and gently empowers her to deal with the problems that have been casing her so much angst... A great general read. Highly recommended.”

Reading Time

“A beautiful, realistic story of family life, and how a painting in a little girl's room transforms her outlook - and gives her the confidence to deal with all life's little problems and irritations.”

ABA Children’s Special Interest Group, Kids’ Reading Guide 2007–2008

“Winner of the Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature”

2008

“Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Children's Book”

2008

“Shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature”

2008

“Shortlisted for the Australian Children's Peace Literature Prize”

2007


Awards & Recognition

  • Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature

    Winner • 2008 • Family Therapists Award for Children’s Literature

  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

    Shortlisted • 2008 • Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature

  • QLD Premier’s Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2008 • Queensland Premier’s Literary Award


Related titles